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​​Department of Tennessee

"CONSTITUTIONAL SPEECH" HIGH SCHOOL ORATORICAL CONTEST 

The American Legion's National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - "A Constitutional Speech Contest" aims to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students.

Scholarships totaling $6,000 will be awarded to students taking part in the state contest. The state winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, plus an all expenses paid trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, to compete in the national contest, April 17-19, 2020 and a part of the $144,000 national scholarship pool.

Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

If you are a high school student who would like to participate, or a teacher or parent of a student who would like to participate, please use this website to gain a better understanding of the contest.

To apply for the contest, complete the application form below by clicking on the blue "
ORATORICAL APPLICATION/CERTIFICATION FORM" and return it to your local contest Post or District Chairman as instructed. Remember Application/School Certification of their contest representatives must arrive at The American Legion Department of Tennessee, 318 Donelson Pike, Nashville TN 37214 not later than January 10, 2020.

Please contact Chairman Charles Osterhoudt, 315-868-2267 or coster7794@gmail.com with any questions.

 

ORATORICAL APPLICATION/CERTIFICATION FORM

 
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND CHECK APPLICATION
 
 
2020 ORATORICAL PROGRAM 

District Contests are from January 15, 2020 to February 1, 2020

District

Date and Time

Location

Point of Contact

1

January

 

 

2

January 18, 2020
12 pm
Post 53, 624 Morgan St
Harriman
Joshua Gillespie
423-667-2393
jgillespie@hub-tn.com 

3

January 25, 2020
9 am
East Ridge Town Hall 
East Ridge
Bill Norton
423-593-6281
bln2@icloud.com

4

January 18, 2020
10 am
Putnam County Courthouse
121 South Dixie Ave, Cookeville
Rich Buford
360-393-1147

5

January 18, 2020
10 am
Coffee County High School
100 Red Raider Dr., Manchester
Paul Gish
931-409-0047
paul304@bellsouth.net

6

January 24, 2020
8 am
Daymar College
Clarksville
Carl Downey
502-301-9030

7

January 18, 2020
10 am
Post 19, 812 Nashville Hwy
Columbia 
Charles Sanders
931-215-4677
csanders@cpws.net

8

January 25, 2020
9 am
Scotts Hill HS, 7871 Hwy 100
Scotts Hill
Jerry Graham
731-858-2166
jerry.graham@tds.net

9

January 18, 2020
1 pm
University of Tennessee at Martin,
Boling Univeristy Center, Room 111
Martin
Terry Bonner
731-589-2028
bonner25terry@yahoo.com

10

January 25, 2020
9 am
Germantown Church of Christ 
8723 Poplar Pike
Memphis
Nancy Harper
901-371-6046

Divisional Contests are February 11, 2020 to February 29, 2020

Division

Date and Time

Location

Points of Contact

East

February 15, 2020
10 am
University of Tennessee
ROTC Building
Marty Everett
865-399-7715
martyeverett@comcast.net

Middle

February 15, 2020
9 am
First Baptist Church
1008 Hillsboro Blvd
Manchester
Eddie Rogers
931-477-5410
tenntx549@yahoo.com

West

February 22, 2020
9 am
Riverside MB Church
3560 South 3rd St.
Memphis
Nancy Harper
901-371-6046

 

STATE CONTEST

Saturday,  March 7, 2020 @ 10 a.m.

 The American Legion Department of Tennessee 318 Donelson Pike   Nashville TN 37214 

ORATORICAL PROGRAM RESOURCES
(Instructional Videos, Public Service Announcements, Past Presentations, and Brochures)

PREPARED ORATION: 

The oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest.

Contestants may have a copy of their prepared oration while waiting in the first holding room. They may consult the copy until they exit to begin the contest. The copy will then be surrendered to the contest official monitoring the first holding room.

Quotations must always be indicated as such. Where quotations are more than 10 words in length, the author’s name must be given in the manuscript and cited orally.

It is acceptable to utilize or incorporate short phrases in a foreign language to develop the argument, establish a point, etc. It should be understood that the vast majority of the prepared oration and/or assigned topic must still be delivered in English. Singing is not permitted and will result in immediate disqualification. The contestant may, however, quote a verse(s) of a song(s) provided proper attribution is made.

ASSIGNED TOPICS FOR 2020 ORATORICAL CONTEST

Amendment XII – Electoral College

Amendment XXIV – Citizens right to vote shall not be denied by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

Amendment XXVII – No law, varying the compensation for the services of Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

Amendment XX – terms of President and Vice President.  When Congress shall assemble. Articles of Presidential succession.

MORE INFORMATION

Amendment XII – Electoral College

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; — The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; — The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. — The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Amendment XX– terms of President and Vice President.  When Congress shall assemble. Articles of Presidential succession.

Section. 1. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin.
Section. 2. The Congress shall assemble at least once in every year, and such meeting shall begin at noon on the 3d day of January, unless they shall by law appoint a different day.
Section. 3. If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
Section. 4. The Congress may by law provide for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the House of Representatives may choose a President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them, and for the case of the death of any of the persons from whom the Senate may choose a Vice President whenever the right of choice shall have devolved upon them.
Section. 5. Sections 1 and 2 shall take effect on the 15th day of October following the ratification of this article.
Section. 6. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission.

Amendment XXIV– Citizens right to vote shall not be denied by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

Section. 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section. 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXVII– No law, varying the compensation for the services of Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened.

 


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